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[n] thistlelike Eurasian plant widely grown for its red or orange flower heads and seeds that yield a valuable oil

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\Saf"flow`er\, n. [F. safleur, saflor, for safran, influenced by fleur flower. See {Saffron}, and {Flower}.]
1. (Bot.) An annual composite plant ({Carthamus tinctorius}), the flowers of which are used as a dyestuff and in making rouge; bastard, or false, saffron.
2. The dried flowers of the {Carthamus tinctorius}.
3. A dyestuff from these flowers. See {Safranin} (b) . {Oil of safflower}, a purgative oil expressed from the seeds of the safflower.

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